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C A N T O N REPOSITORY THIS MORNIN
CANTON Travon Barrino was attending a local college in hopes of becoming a physical therapist, maybe one who could help someone such as his beloved nephew, Rashon Barrino, afflicted with cerebral palsy.
The 19-year-old Canton native never made it.
Barrino was shot to death between two duplexes in the 3000 block of Bollinger Avenue NE, less than a block from the public housing complex called Chips Townhouses.
“Why did they do this to him? He didn’t deserve to die. He was a good boy; he was a good brother,” said his older sister Tiffany Barrino as tears streamed down her face.
Stark County sheriff’s deputies don’t know who killed the young man and ask that anyone with information call them. Stark County Coroner P.S. Murthy conducted a lengthy autopsy Thursday. His employees said only that the young man had been shot multiple times and that the autopsy was ongoing.
Canton/Stark County Crime Lab specialists with metal detectors and other forensic equipment scoured the small yard between 3017 and 3023 Bollinger Ave. NE where the young man fell fatally wounded in the snow about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
SHOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Sheriff’s deputies had received a call from a woman reporting that someone was shooting outside: “They’re shooting at a person, like a fight outside.” Then she hung up.
Eddie Heffelbower, who has lived in the neighborhood more than 18 years, said she and her grandchildren were watching cartoons when they heard the shots. She looked outside and didn’t see anything. But the gunshots were many and “loud, very loud,” she said.
Harold Stump, a longtime resident who also lives nearby, heard the shots, too, as he watched “Cops” on TV. Like Heffelbower, he didn’t see the shooting take place.
Tiffany Barrino said her cousin, Tasha Barrino, notified her that someone had been shot — long before authorities.
Tasha Barrino and her friend, Margaret, who lives in one of the two duplexes, were arriving at Margaret’s home when they pulled up to deputies wrapping yellow crime-scene tape around it. Tiffany Barrino said her brother knew Margaret and was probably trying to get to her house when he was shot.
Plain Township Fire Department paramedics took the young man from the scene to Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
On Thursday, Barrino’s family gathered at his home. The Xbox he enjoyed playing with his young cousin sat still attached to the living room TV.
Tiffany looked at the TV and then at the floor as tears fell down her face.
“(Rashon) is taking this really hard, too,” she said. Rashon Barrino is about 15 years old and has had to wear braces on his legs due to his cerebral palsy. But, she said, he gets around “all right.” The young man had done “just about everything” with her brother, she said.
A CLOSE FAMILY
She, too, was close with her brother, the baby of the family.
She remembered the last thing Travon said to her when he left the house Wednesday morning: “He said, ‘I’ll see ya later, sis.’” It was a typical Wednesday, she said.
Their uncle, James Barrino, said the young man had called him about 5:30 p.m. “just to see what I was doing. He told me he was up by his grandma’s, up in the Chips (complex). He was walking, he was talking on his cell phone. Then I got a call about 10 that he was dead.”
Travon Barrino had graduated from GlenOak High School in 2006 and had attended Stark State College of Technology for about a year, she said.
“He was a good boy,” his mother said. Pam Barrino said her son enjoyed rap and rhythm-and-blues music, his Xbox player, and “he liked to walk a lot.” She said he walked all over the area, especially up into the Chips neighborhood, where his grandmother lives and where he was well-known.
The neighborhood hasn’t been a quiet place lately.
At 8:24 p.m. Tuesday — the night before Travon Barrino was shot — someone fired several shots into an apartment in the 3200 block of Kalahari Street NE, which is in the nearby apartment complex, Canton Police reports said.
Chief Deputy Rick Perez of the sheriff’s department said investigators do not know yet whether that shooting was related to Barrino’s death.
Barrino’s death is the first homicide this year for the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, investigating the death along with the coroner’s office, the crime lab and the Canton Police Department.